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  • WEST COAST WORKSHOPMarch 1 - 2, 2013

    Las Vegas, NVFriday 12:30 - 6:00 p.m.

    Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    SOUTH WORKSHOPApril 19 - 20, 2013

    Dallas, TXFriday 12:30 - 6:00 p.m.

    Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    EAST COAST WORKSHOPJune 7 - 8, 2013

    Atlanta, GAFriday 12:30 - 6:00 p.m.

    Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    CENTRAL WORKSHOPAugust 3 - 4, 2013

    Chicago, ILSaturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


    Plastic surgery medical coding can be confusing, but it is critical to every practice to accurately interpret and report medical procedures and services. If coding is incorrect, reimbursement is delayed and office staff has less time to spend with patients.

    The ASPS Coding Workshops will teach you how to improve your communication with the payers and how to comply with all regulations. We will provide a coding workbook for your reference to help you avoid the coding pitfalls.

    Code it right every time make your practice more efficient, obtain appropriate reimbursement, and focus on quality patient care.


    This educational activity is designed specifically for plastic surgeons and their office staff teams including office administrators, practice managers, billing companies and billing/coding specialists.


    Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

    Utilize the changes in 2013 CPT codes that affect plastic surgery practices.

    Explain the major changes in 2013 Medicare regulations.

    Apply correct CPT coding concepts to common plastic surgery services including breast reconstruction, skin lesion removal, flaps and grafts, and wound debridement procedures.

    Discuss application of evaluation and management codes for services provided when the majority of the office visit is spent counseling the patient.

    Describe two aspects of a successful revenue cycle.

    Identify one way to prepare for implementation of the new ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system.


    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


    ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity has prior approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders for 12.0 Continuing Education Units. Granting of this approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Academy of the program, content or the program sponsor.


    Plastic Surgery Case CodingWe will cover a full days worth of surgical coding cases:

    Skin lesion procedures including injection, biopsy, shave and excision. Understand the neoplasm diagnosis codes

    Adjacent tissue transfers Flaps and grafts Wound care and debridements Burn care Skin replacement surgery including skin substitutes and biologic implants

    NEW! Use of the pressure ulcer codes Body contouring: panniculectomy vs. abdominoplasty what to bill insurance vs. what is cosmetic

    Nasal procedures rhinoplasty, nasal valve stenosis repair, turbinates

    EXPANDED! Facial fractures Hand surgery with and without vascular and nerve repairs, collagenase injections for Dupuytrens contracture

    Breast reconstruction extensive coverage including DIEP flaps

    Microsurgery and use of the operating microscope


    The Las Vegas, Dallas, and Atlanta workshops will be held on Friday from 12:30 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

    The Chicago workshop will be held over a weekend. Hours will be:

    8:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Medicares e-Prescribing and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements and how your payments are affected

    Minimizing your risk of an audit: RAC, CERT, ZPIC, OIG

    Using modifiers to optimize revenue 51 vs. 59, multiple procedures in a global period, co-surgeon vs. assistant surgeon

    E&M coding dont think this isnt important because you are a surgical practice. Payers are auditing E&M even more in 2013. What it takes to bill a level 4 or 5, when to use the consultation codes (Medicare vs. CPT guidelines)

    Risks and rewards of an EMR The Science of Reimbursement: five common revenue mistakes made by plastic surgery practices and how to correct them

    Billing for non-physician providers when you can bill incident to the physician and when you must bill direct

    ICD-10-CM is coming understand the difference between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM and what you can do now to prepare

    Course materials will be available at the registration desk an hour before the start of the workshop.

    Due to the early Saturday morning start of the Chicago course, registration will also be open for that workshop on Friday afternoon from 4:30 6:30 p.m.

    *Although not required, we suggest attendees bring their CPT books to reference and annotate during the workshop.*


    Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, a seasoned speaker with KarenZupko & Associates, Inc., brings a lively and engaging style to the coding and reimbursement workshops. The course materials reflect the combined experience of the KZA team over the past 25 years in operations management, billing and coding, managed care, contract analysis, staff development, training, and strategic planning. Kim collaborates with our experienced plastic surgeon facilitators to bring you real-life coding and reimbursement scenarios.

    A plastic surgeon facilitator will be on-site to work with the instructor and attendees at each coding workshop.

    Disclosure PolicyASPS requires all instructors, planners, reviewers, managers, and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.

    ABMS Core CompetenciesThe following ABMS core competencies will be addressed:

    Professionalism Systems-Based Practice

    Special recognition and appreciation is extended to members of the ASPS Coding and Payment Policy Committee, the ASPS Health Policy Staff, and KZA for their content and editorial contributions to the 2013 Plastic Surgery Coding Workshops.

  • This course was excellent and absolutely crucial to provide appropriate coding in my practice.-2012 Participant



    March 1-2, 2013Vdara Hotel & Spa Las Vegas2600 West Harmon AvenueLas Vegas, NV 89158Reservations: (866) 745-7767111Special Group Rate: $149 per night, single or double occupancy, plus taxes and a $25 per night Resort Fee which includes internet access, fitness center access and moreReservation Deadline: February 7, 2013**American Airlines Promotion Code: 8233BW**United Airlines Offer Code: ZP3V594419

    April 19-20, 2013Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square1400 Plaza PlaceSouthlake, TX 76092Reservations: (800) 445-8667Special Group Rate: $159 per night plus taxes, single or double occupancyReservation Deadline: April 4, 2013**American Airlines Promotion Code: 8743BN**United Airlines Offer Code: ZP3V594419

    June 7-8, 2013Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel866 West Peachtree Street, NWAtlanta, GA 30308Reservations: (800) 228-9290Special Group Rate: $149 per night plus taxes, single or double occupancyReservation Deadline: May 16, 2013 **American Airlines Promotion Code: 5963BU**United Airlines Offer Code: ZP3V594419

    August 3-4, 2013*Hotel Allegro Chicago171 West RandolphChicago, IL 60601Reservations: (800) 643-1500Special Group Rate: $159 per night plus taxes, single or double occupancyReservation Deadline: July 18, 2013**American Airlines Promotion Code: 6183BE**United Airlines Offer Code: ZP3V594419

    *Please note Saturday/Sunday Program Schedule for Chicago Coding Workshop only.

    When making reservations, please reference ASPS Coding Workshop to receive special rate.

    Reservations made after the deadline, or after the room block fills, are subject to space and rate availability. Deposit and cancellation penalties may apply; please ask when securing reservation.


    **ASPS has partnered with American Airlines and United Airlines to provide discounted airfare to our attendees. Enter the appropriate discount codes when booking your flight through or to receive 2-10% off qualifying flights. Standard change fees, baggage fees and some restrictions apply.

    Please visit for more information.

    Information on ground transportation will be provided with meeting confirmation materials.


    Registration includes admission to the workshop, course workbook and indicated meals. All registrants must pay the full registration fee; one-day registration is not available. Spouse/accompanying guests (healthcare professionals) who wish to attend the workshop must register.